Eagle County: Holiday DUI checkpoint planned | VailDaily.com

Eagle County: Holiday DUI checkpoint planned

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY Colorado ” Avon Police and Colorado State troopers will set up a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night to check for drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs.

Police will block off a road in Eagle County and will stop every driver to ask whether they have had anything to drink. If there’s heavy traffic, police will stop every third or fourth car to keep traffic moving, said Chief Brian Kozak of the Avon Police Department.

“It’s just a quick check for public safety,” Kozak said.

An Avon Police “drug recognition expert” will also be at the checkpoint to check to look for people who have used drugs, Kozak said.

More sheriff’s deputies than usual will be looking for drunken drivers and people not wearing seat belts, said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Avon and Vail police won’t have extra officers on the roads, but they will be looking for drunken drivers during the holiday weekend, police said.

“Each individual agency is going to put a focus on DUI enforcement,” Kozak said.

The holiday patrols and checkpoint in Eagle County are part of a statewide effort by the Colorado State Patrol and 52 law enforcement agencies to enforce drunken driving laws. The enforcement period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

There were 11 reported traffic deaths ” eight of which were alcohol-related ” during the same time last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

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